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TATTOO DETOUR 6:
HONOLULU DRAWINGS 2012
SUMMER PLACE (THERE'S A...)

 

The sixth year in the TATTOO DETOUR series, the drawings this year all measure 9" x 12" and are ink on paper.

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Normally when traveling I've been content to walk around, explore and take photos while visiting art museums and galleries -- a method that works fine in New York or Paris when you're there for a week or so. But finding myself in Honolulu for an extended stay the last four summers, I realized that Waikiki is a different animal altogether, relentless as it is with the shirtless men who are my muse, not only on the beach but in the restaurants, grocery stores, hotel lobbies, even on the bus. So I was tempted to go further than my normal mode and try to have a studio at the same time, namely a sketchpad and a handful of pens I was carrying around, creating a body of work out of a suitcase while living in a hotel room.

Drawing on the aforementioned beaches, and in the same restaurants and hotel lobbies, I was able to enjoy a completely different rythmn of work than I've ever known at home, at the same time surrounded by people who occasionally wandered over to look at what I was up to so long at my favorite Starbuck's table or on some bench in Kapiolani Park, or under a palm tree. And the setting of an extreme tourist spot such as Waikiki posed the enjoyable task of trying to reach beyond the predictable cliches of surfers, babes and palms. The resulting drawings are conflations of those very surfers, palms, tattoos, military guys, pigeons, lobby furniture, waves and restaurant tables, offering intersections between the surf of Hockney, Picabia, Pettibon, Guston and Westermann, fact and fiction.

 

 

HNL'12 #791 We Are left ultimately unsure...

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HNL'12 #770 Crown

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HNL'12 #798 The Wonderful World Awaits

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HNL'12 #771 Trouble

             

 

HNL'12 #773 Sinatra

 

 

HNL'12 #790 Report

 

 

HNL'12 #776 A Good One

 

 

HNL'12 #779 ...Hard Fought...And Won

             

 

HNL'12 #785 ...Privacy Public

 

 

HNL'12 #781 Untitled

 

 

HNL'12 #784 A Remarkable Self-Portrait...

 

 

HNL'12 #783 I am the Tip of your Iceberg

             

 

HNL'12 #788 ...Ersatz Wools and Cottons...

 

 

HNL'12 #778 Title Goes Here

 

 

HNL'12 #799 Careful What You Wish For

 

 

HNL'12 #766 Federal Regulations Require...

             

 

HNL'12 #792 Untitled

 

 

HNL'12 #793 An Idea that has Persisted...

 

 

HNL'12 #795 Not Like a Day in the Park...

 

 

HNL'12 #802 Even the Entertainment This Year...

             

 

HNL'12 #796 Some Days it's Enough Just to Watch

 

 

HNL'12 #803 Guide

 

 

HNL'12 #804 That we Might Return to our Passions...

 

 

HNL'12 #801 Untitled

             

 

HNL'12 #807 Hawaii is Our 50th State...

 

 

HNL'12 #775 Utopia and it's Discontents

 

 

HNL'12 #806 Like an Index of First Lines...

 

 

HNL'12 #827 DCCCXXVII

             

 

HNL'12 #809 Our Secret Greetings

 

 

HNL'12 #808 A Tattoo I will not Soon Forget...

 

 

HNL'12 #820 More than Just the Scenery

 

 

HNL'12 #816 We Travel in Groups...

             

 

HNL'12 #821 We can Surprise Even Ourselves

 

 

HNL'12 #813 Each Drawing We Do...

 

 

HNL'12 #822 Capitol

 

 

HNL'12 #823 Untitled

           

 

HNL'12 #825 The Day After Labor Day

 

 

HNL'12 #768 Your Formative Years...

 

 

HNL'12 #828 Surfers Vote Obama

   

 

 

See all of the
TATTOO DETOUR series
         
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TATTOO DETOUR 7
Drawings from Honolulu
2013

 

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TATTOO DETOUR 6
Drawings from Honolulu
2012



TATTOO DETOUR 5
Drawings from Honolulu
2011

 



TATTOO DETOUR 4
Drawings from Honolulu
2010

 

TATTOO DETOUR 3
Drawings from Honolulu
2009

 

TATTOO DETOUR 2
Drawings from Honolulu
2008
  


 

TATTOO DETOUR 1
Drawings from Honolulu
2007

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